The Native Pride Dancers, an indigenous dance group based in St. Paul, Minnesota, will visit Homer for a performance at 6 p.m. today at Homer High School. Admission is free and the event is open to the community. This performance is presented by the Native Youth Community Project. For information about the Native Pride Dancers, contact Larry Yazzie at 612-414-8566.
There will be a Fun Run and Pot Luck starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at Nikolaevsk School. There is a $1 entry fee and all proceeds will be donated to the Heather Pancratz Scholarship Foundation. All monetary donations are welcome. There will be prizes for best costume and many other categories. The race is between a 3K and 5K in length. For more information contact Kelli Hickman at 907-399-1935.
There will be a Public Talk with Anam Thubten from 7-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10 at Many Rivers Studio. Anam Thubten grew up in Tibet and at an early age began to practice in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the founder and spiritual advisor of Dharmata Foundation, teaching widely in the US, Europe and Asia. He is the author of several books, including Embracing Each Moment, No Self, No Problem, and The Magic of Awareness. Through sharing his wisdom and personal experience on the spiritual path, Anam Thubten brings alive the timeless teachings of Buddhism.
The 35th Annual CoastWalk Kick-off is from 4-8 p.m. today at Grace Ridge Brewery. Sponsored by the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, learn about CoastWalk and stay for wood-oven pizza, games and prizes and fun for the whole family. Sign up to clean a section of beach or participate in a community clean up and get half off your pizza. Call Henry at 235-6741 for more information.
The Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board will hold its regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station, 53048 Ashwood Ave. (Mile 12 East End Road). The public is welcome to attend. Call 235-9811 for more information.
The Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Medical Service Area Board will hold its next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the Anchor Point Fire Station, 72440 Milo Fritz Ave. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 235-6700.
Central Peninsula Landfill and Transfer Facilities and Sites are open on Sundays. All facilities will be open seven days per week. For more information, call the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department at 907-262-9667.
Kachemak Crane Watch asks that residents report crane sightings. Sandhill Crane colts are practicing their flying skills in preparation for full flight. Citizen Scientists are needed for special Sandhill Crane population survey in the Homer area (Anchor Point South). Kachemak Crane Watch would like to know of specific crane sightings on Sept. 8. Please report the number of adults, colts, or banded cranes seen by location, time, and day for each count day, and your name and contact information to email@example.com or by calling 907-235-6262. For more information, contact Nina Faust at 235-6262.
Join the Friends of the Homer Library to celebrate the release of two new books by Alaskan authors. “Bury the Lead” by Cassondra Windwalker is a psychological thriller, and “22 and the Mother of 11” by Betty Epps Arnett is a memoir about a fresh college graduate from Tennessee who becomes a house mother at the Jesse Lee Home for Children. There will be a reading at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Homer Public Library.
The Kachemak Bay Research Reserve seeks public comment at its Community Council meeting to be held noon Sept. 19 at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center Auditorium. Pursuant to the federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, a public meeting will be held as part of the federal performance evaluation of the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Quarterly Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Community Council Meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to receive public comments regarding the operation and implementation of the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Written comments are encouraged, and participation at the public meeting is not required for submission. Written comments should be sent to Jean Tanimoto, Lead Evaluator, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, NOAA Inouye Regional Center (NOS/OCM), 1845 Wasp Blvd, Bldg 176, Honolulu, HI 96818 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, Sept. 28.
The South Peninsula Amateur Radio Club (SPARC), based in Homer, offers free classes to assist in passing the FCC examination to become a licensed Technician class operator. Classes will meet all four Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29. Testing for all three licenses, Technician, General and Amateur Extra, will be held Thursday, Oct. 4. Both the classes and the testing will be held at the Homer Library. For more information, contact Ken Adams, email@example.com, or Dennis Weidler, JD@weidcomm.com or 304-1057 (text or phone).
Wearable Arts returns this year for a show on Nov. 17 at Land’s End Resort. Sponsored by the Homer fiber Arts Collective in collaboration with Bunnell Street Arts Center, fiber artists near and far are invited to submit works. This year’s theme is “Time Travel.” Entries are due the weekend of Nov. 10 and 11. Anchorage fiber artist Keren Lowell will be doing sewing workshops in October at a time and place to be announced. For more information, contact Kari Multz at 299-6915 or Lynne Burt at 235-5380.
Anchor Point Senior Citizens
The Anchor Point Senior Center on Milo Fritz Road is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday.
The center serves Thursday night dinners starting at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
Bingo is at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. on Friday nights. The Helping Hands Thrift Store is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Exercise sessions are at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. For information, call 235-7786.
Friendship Center Adult Day Services is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday with extended hours for special situations. Programs are offered daily, including story time, crafts and musical performances. Call 235-4556.
Homer Senior Citizens
The Caregiver Support Group meets 2-3:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday in the senior center conference room. Call Pam Hooker at 299-7198 or Daniel Weisser at 235-4555.
Homer Senior Citizens lunch is open to seniors and guests and is served noon-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Lunch costs $7 for seniors age 60 and older, and $15 for those under 60. The menu for this week is: Thursday, baked ham; Friday, almond crusted chicken; Monday, baked ziti; Tuesday, barbecue beef brisket; Wednesday, roasted chicken; next Thursday, turkey.
Strong Women classes are 1:30-2:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Homer Senior Center. Zumba Gold classes with Maria are 11 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Homer Senior Center.
Tai chi classes are Thursdays at 3 p.m. Duplicate Bridge meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Call Daniel Weisser at 235-4555.
Duplicate Bridge is $3 for members and $5 for non-members.
Strong Women, Zumba and Tai Chi are $5 for members and $7 for non-members.
Galleries are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ongoing activities: Fish Feedings are 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays in the Marine Gallery. Fish Feeding is fun and all are welcome.
Kachemak Bay Campus
Registration for all fall credit courses is now open at https://www.kpc.alaska.edu/academics/schedule/ for classes including painting, marine biology, welding, intro to law, Unity3D gaming, geology, Hatha yoga, ground source heat pump, history of Alaska and more. Sign up now, pay later.
Degree-seeking students: call 235-7743 for an advising appointment for fall classes and stop by the campus, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for information. Classes began Aug. 27. Sign up on easy community education website at www.kbcnoncredit.asapconnected.com for Chinese painting, fruit trees, watercolor, QGIS, QuickBooks, marine technology and many more.
There will be a public reading by award-winning visiting writer Hannah Tinti at 6:30 p.m. tonight, co-sponsored by 49 Writers. Tinti is the author of three books of fiction. Her short story collection, “Animal Crackers,” was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her best-selling novel, “The Good Thief,” is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her new novel, “The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley,” has been optioned to become a film. It has been nominated for an Edgar Award, and was named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, The Washington Post and Paste Magazine.
Asia Freeman’s “Drawing on the Right side of the Brain Crash Course” starts Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. and runs weekly until Nov. 4. The cost is $195.
USCG Able Seaman certification training begins Sept. 27 and runs till Oct. 13 on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. It costs $500. Call KBC Maritime Technology Coordinator at 235-1622.
South Peninsula Hospital
Join South Peninsula Hospital and Katie Ostrom, MD, OB-GYN, Homer Medical Center, for the next “Walk with a Doc.” from 9-10 a.m. Sept. 8 at SPARC (600 Sterling Hwy next to Homer Middle School). Dr. Ostrom, hospital Chief of Staff, will give a brief talk titled “Gynecological Cancers: Am I at Risk?” then participants will spend the rest of the hour walking at their own pace, chatting and asking any questions. This is a free event, open to all ages and abilities. There is parking up at the SPARC and down below in the Homer Middle School Parking lot. There will be free blood pressure screenings, prizes, and refreshments.
Please bring clean indoor walking shoes.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Health & Wellness Department at (907) 235-0970 with questions or for more information.
South Peninsula Hospital Education Department is offering these American Heart Association trainings in September:
• Basic Life Support (CPR class) from 8 a.m. to noon at SPH Training Center on Sept. 14 and Oct. 12 for $75 per person.
• First Aid 1-4 p.m. at SPH Training Center on Sept. 21 for $50 per person.
• Heartsaver CPR/AED from 8 a.m. to noon at SPH Training Center on Sept. 21 for $50 per person. This covers infant/child/adult CPR and use of an AED.
Please call SPH Education Department 235-0258 to register or for more information. The complete schedule of upcoming classes can be found at sphosp.org.
The West Wing of Homer Medical Center offers a free series of newborn classes by certified nurse midwives. The topic on Tuesday, Sept. 11 will be breast feeding. The classes are from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Conference Rooms. Please park in the Bartlett street parking and enter through the sliding glass doors near the cafeteria marked Conference Rooms. You may bring a coach with you to class, and you may bring food to class if desired. For questions contact Dana Whittaker, CNM or Julie McCarron, CNM at (907) 435-3040.
Exhibitor applications are now being accepted for the annual Rotary Health Fair. The Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club in partnership with South Peninsula Hospital invites exhibitors to apply for booth space at the 35th annual Rotary Health Fair. The Rotary Health Fair invites exhibitors to provide learning centers to educate and encourage active involvement in learning about health and wellness. The fair is Nov. 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Homer High School, and the deadline to apply for booth space is Sept. 14. To get an application or more information, please send an email to email@example.com, visit sphosp.org or call the Health Fair Hotline at 399-3158.
South Peninsula Hospital and Hospice of Homer are partnering to sponsor a community giveaway event of incontinence supplies which have been donated to the two organizations. The event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 in the SPH Training Center, at 203 West Pioneer Avenue. All are invited to pick up free supplies of briefs, pull-ups, inserts, wipes, and disposable chux pads (disposable lightweight underpads). These supplies have been donated to these organizations to give to others in need, and there are large quantities available at this time. Watch for signs, and use the back entrance to the building. Contact SPH Home Health for additional information, or to contribute supplies to the event, at 235-0369.